GoPro have released a firmware update for their HERO4 Black camera adding great new capabilities to a camera that has been in the market for about one year now.
With the latest firmware update, it can do 240fps in 720p (Narrow Mode only), which clearly expands its usefulness for fast-paced sports action, one of GoPro’s biggest selling points. I stuck a GoPro HERO3 Black on a rocket for a documentary once (see here), using the 120fps in 720p on that camera – 240fps would have made the rocket blast look even better as it did.
The announcement is making its rounds on the web: GoPro just presented the specs for their new GoPro HERO 3 camera. It’s 4K!!! Well yes, it’s 4K, but only at 15fps – So it’s kind of not 4K then.
Still, 15fps at 4K is very powerful for such a small camera and the 2.7K resolution the HERO 3 achieves will probably produce a very nice, sharp image to create some action shots that go well with your 2.5K Blackmagic Cinema Camera.
With the ProTune update released this week (LINK) that allows better integration and a higher bitrate this camera even looks interesting for the video and film production market.
The specs promise comparably cool quality over the previous HERO 2 camera. 2x faster video recording, less distortion and finally a flat lens that allows for unblurred underwater recording. They also say they vastly improved the sound quality and built wifi into the camera (remote included).
Additionally the camera is 30% smaller and more lightweight than the previous one. Sweet.
Frame Sizes and Rates:
– 4K at 16:9 or 17:9: 12-15 fps
– 2.7K at 16:9 or 17:9: 24-25/30 fps
– 1080p: up to 60 fps
– 720p: up to 120 fps
It’s also nice to see the camera will be shipping next week! This one will surely make big sales, as everyone is crazy about the 4K number and everything else also looks like a futuristic deal. Make sure you buy wisely and thoughtful. New cameras around every corner…
You can pre-order the HERO 3 for $399 here:
Here’s their new nice GoPro HERO 3 image video: